How goddamned presumptious to think my life in any LESS meaningful because I don't bow down to ALLAH!!! Or God. Or whomever! I am without a doubt better than about 85% of the people I have met in my 66 years. I have more 'spirituality', goodness, generosity, kindness and unselfishness than most church-going hypocrites. Life is what you make of it, NOT meaningful because someone sprinkled holy water on your head and spoke some mumbo-jumbo over you.
When I give blood (I gave over 100 units so far!), I always wear my Atheist blood donor tee shirt. And when someone asks why as an Atheist I give blood, my response is always the same.."There are allegedly two ways for someone to get blood- to pray for it or to get it from a volunteer blood donor. I elect to be part of the latter."
To live right and meaningful goes beyond the religious fence.
Sting: "we share the same biology regardless of ideology"
Scorpions: "we live under the same sun, why can't we live as one?"
John Lennon: "i hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one"
Look at what is around you, nature, family friends...if those things are not enough to make your life meaningful, what makes you think religion is going to do it? If you cannot believe in the things around you that you can see, touch, feel and experience why would you find belief in something that gives you none of these things?
My life is more meaningful because I chose to help others not for a promise of eternal life... But because it's the right thing to do for people. Kindness is free and so needed in today's cruel world. I find the more religious folks think that donating $ to do good works is enough, yet are hateful racists the rest of the time. It's sickening.
I just try to take it day by day and find positive things, even in situations where I wouldn’t normally think positively. I have chronic pain and my life is full of anguish and suffering, but I really try to find a way to enjoy the time I have left. In the really dark times I had, my cats were the ones to save me from committing suicide. I didn’t want to leave them in the care of my horrible mother. That’s what kept me going. And cats are such intuitive creatures and they know when you’re in pain. They helped me so much, and they still do. I’m so grateful for them. Now there are things that I want to live for and do in my life. I don’t want to die just yet. I’d love to get married someday and experience things. So that has some meaning to me. I don’t need religion to provide that for me.
Life is MORE meaningful because I don't believe god created it. I know that random events took place, and nature and its mutations created everything we see and feel. I think life is more magical because it all happened on its own. Pretty cool stuff.
I don't think a false premise for my life would be meaningful. I found a religious belief system, that I cannot reconcile, interferes with my ability to have peace of mind and focus on rewarding participation in life, things I can have a conviction for. The practice of charity and empathy are rewarding, not attributes attained through religious direction necessarily. My life is full without religious belief.
Not having religion makes your life meaningful. Firstly, you know that everything you are doing is actually based in reality and has nothing to do with make-believe mystical invisible people in the sky. Secondly, you know there is no afterlife so every single moment in this life becomes sooooo much more meaningful as a result. It is amazing that each of us is here on this rock experiencing everything that we are experiencing on a daily basis; if that isn't meaningful enough, then I don't know what is....